February 13, 2017
BACK TO THE ATTACK
Breakers re-sign England national team forward Natasha Dowie
The Boston Breakers have re-signed England national team forward Natasha Dowie, the team announced Monday.
Dowie, 28, niece of former Northern Ireland international Iain Dowie, set a Melbourne Victory record by scoring nine goals was named to the PFA Jetts W-League Team of the Season during the 2016-17 season.
“I'm delighted to be joining back up with the Boston Breakers,” Dowie said. “I really enjoyed my short spell there at the end of last season. There has been some strong additions to the squad, and I can't wait for training to start. It's a beautiful city, a great club, and I felt a lot of support from the fans last year. I'm enjoying my soccer right now, and I'm really looking forward to the new season.”
Dowie joined the Breakers late last season, leading the team with three goals in seven games, including a goal in a 1-0 home win over the Orlando Pride in her debut July 31.
“It was important to tie Natasha down after her impact she made last season on a struggling team,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “One thing I know she will do is score goals. I’m excited to see how she links up with all the attacking players we have signed this off-season.”
Dowie played under Beard with Liverpool Ladies FC, scoring 45 goals in 42 games in three seasons. Dowie was named FA Players Player of the Year, leading Liverpool to its first FA Women’s Super League title, in 2013. Dowie has played for Doncaster Rovers Belles, Fulham, Charlton Athletic, and Everton, scoring the game-winning goal in the 2010 FA Cup Final against Arsenal.
Dowie has earned 14 caps for England, making her debut as a substitute in a 3-0 win over Turkey in a FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier in November 2009. Dowie played in 2015 WWC qualifiers, scoring her first international goal in a 6-0 win over Belarus in 2013.